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Teamwork:  Professional females demonstrating the movement the construction industry has made. Teamwork: Professional females demonstrating the movement the construction industry has made.

It’s all systems go for New Charter’s newest Ashton-under-Lyne development.

VIPs from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Tameside Council met on site as work started in St Petersfield.

Executive Council leader Kieran Quinn was joined by the HCA’s North West Executive Director Deborah McLaughlin for the visit to mark the initial stages of work being carried out.

Tameside Council has contributed £500,000 towards costs, whilst the HCA has contributed £1,400,000 towards the project’s £4 million total.

The development, designed by Laura Sanderson of Manchester-based LRW architects will contain 22 large family houses and nine apartments in a single three-storey block. These highly sustainable homes will help transform an area and provide much needed opportunities for local people.

Helping bring her plans to life is New Charter’s Director of Communities Emma Marsh and New Charter’s Development Team member Stephanie Robinson.

LRW’s architect and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor Sarah Renshaw will be making sure the development is rated highly for sustainability, meeting the strict environmental standards set out in the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Emma Marsh said:  “It’s exciting to be involved in the continuing transformation of St Petersfield, especially with such an innovative project.  Everybody’s already really excited about building this community which will have state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly homes at its heart.

New Charter’s Chief Executive Ian Munro also took the opportunity to look around the new site, along with Executive Director Tony Powell and staff from construction firm Cruden, which is carrying out the work.  Mr Munro said:  “New Charter’s St Petersfield development is still in the very early stages.  Nevertheless, everyone is immensely proud to be able to show visitors around - and rightly so.  The homes that make up this block are at the forefront in terms of sustainability and their eco-credentials.  They are a fantastic realisation of New Charter’s commitment to the environmental agenda and to building greener homes for all.

He added “We are especially proud that the ”Grand Design” team are all professional females demonstrating the movement the construction industry has made.

The finished houses and apartments will be the first of New Charter’s new properties to be offered at affordable rent, meaning they will be rented at a cost of up to 80 percent of their private market rental value.

The work is due for completion in 2012.

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